Fort Collins, Colo.--April 20, 1998-- Symbios, Inc. announced the availability of its next-generation SYM10TM 0.25-m six-layer metal CMOS ASIC technology. The Symbios SYM10 cell-based library contains a wide range of cell drive strengths, allowing design optimization for high-performance, cost-sensitive, low-power applications, including personal computers, workstations, drive electronics and communication systems. In addition, the SYM10 library's complete offering of analog cell functions enables designers to integrate entire systems on a single silicon substrate.
Manufactured in a performance-optimized 2.5-V, 0.25-m (drawn) CMOS process with three to six metal layers, the SYM10 library also supports 5-V tolerant I/O, 5-V drive I/O (patent pending), as well as conventional 2.5- and 3.3-V I/O. Dual oxide processing allows 3.3- and 5-V I/O, single-ended SCSI and universal PCI in support of legacy bus interfaces.
The SYM10 0.25-m library is compatible with existing Symbios cores, including networking, DSP, RISC, SCSI, PCI, USB and high-speed serial I/O functions, such as 1394 and Fibre Channel. Complete systems of over two million gates can now beintegrated on a single chip, including a full range of analog functions, over 370 synthesis-friendly core cells, and numerous memory compilers, including asynchronous RAM, synchronous RAM, dual-port RAM, and ROM.
Available now are analog functions, such as 10-bit analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, a bandgap voltage reference having 1.5 percent accuracy, op amps, comparators, and switches. In addition, a frequency synthesizer supports clock generation up to 600 MHz and PLL-based data recovery circuits provide serial interfaces at up to 2-GHz data rates. Additional functions are planned for availability later in the year.
Many analog functions take advantage of the thick oxide feature in the Symbios dual-oxide process to allow 3.3-V operation. The process also has options for double poly capacitors, poly resistors, and low threshold n-channel devices, all of which provide the accuracy and dynamic range required for implementation of high-performance analog functions, which are fully integrated with low-power, high-performance logic, cores, and memory.
The SYM10 technology, which is available now to customers wishing to start new designs, will be manufactured at the Symbios 8-inch wafer fabrication facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. Volume production can be expected in early 1999.
Design kits are available through the Symbios OEM sales channel and will be backwards compatible with previous technologies.
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